It is a common misconception that lab diamonds are not real diamonds. On the contrary, they are 100% real diamonds, identical chemically, physically, optically and structurally the same as mined diamonds. Instead of taking millions of years to form geologically, it takes just weeks to form a diamond crystal ready for cutting. The lab accelerates and recreates nature’s process by starting with tiny carbon seeds of pre-existing diamonds and with applied pressure and heat (mimicking nature’s formation process), the crystal structure forms. This boring chemistry results in a rather magical, very clean and very safe diamond mine. Because they are lab grown, they are environmentally and socially responsible. With no need for diamond mining, there is no negative impact on the environment or ecological or social systems.